Human Trafficking In Alachua County
A Gainesville man has been indicted by a Federal Jury on human trafficking charges.
The U.S. Justice Department say 34-year-old Cabioch Bontemps of Gainesville and two other men from Miami were involved in a conspiracy to commit forced labor and Visa fraud involving Haitian Nationals.
Investigators say the men brought 34 Nationals to Gainesville to pick beans with false promises of better jobs, permanent residency and then threatened the workers if they didn't comply.
Child Advocacy Center President Sherry Kitchens says her program and others learned of the investigation and lent a helping hand to the victims.
"A tip came in through one of these trainings about this particular situation about labor trafficking, and the investigation started at that particular point," said Kitchens.
The suspects are also accused of making false statements in Federal documents because the workers were arranged to work under the Federal Agricultural Guest Work Program.
The three men face at least 10 years in prison.
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